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False alarm: Google isn't planning a new free Photo backup plan for Pixels

False alarm: Google isn't planning a new free Photo backup plan for Pixels

Google Photos is dropping its free unlimited "high quality" backups for non-Pixels at the end of this month. Apparently, the company decided it's time to start cashing in on one of its best products and pushing more customers to paid Google One plans. While Google's current stance doesn't make any future Pixels eligible for free unlimited backups, a new "storage saver" tier was seen in a teardown by 9to5Google. While they first thought it could be a new unlimited photo storage plan, Google has since confirmed it's just a name-change being considered for the existing "high quality" option.

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Gboard is the first new Wear OS app from Google in years — download it here

Gboard is the first new Wear OS app from Google in years — download it here

Wear OS isn't quite in a place to compete directly with gadgets like the Apple Watch and Samsung's wearables, but it's not time to throw in the towel just yet. For the first time in years, Google is bringing an all-new app to its smartwatch lineup, designed to improve communication from your wrist. Gboard is finally coming to Wear OS, complete with a fresh design and multi-language support. We've also got a link to download it at the bottom of this post.

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Google wants you to use the Assistant as yet another messaging app

Google wants you to use the Assistant as yet another messaging app

Google I/O is inching closer, but Google is already on an announcement spree. After teasing some launcher improvements coming to tablets and giving us a first glimpse at its response to Apple's Privacy Labels, the company is now getting ready to share some Assistant updates. For one, Assistant Broadcasts can now reach family members even when they're not home, but there's much more than just that.

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Google is planning a big — and mandatory — overhaul of app privacy and security on the Play Store

Google is planning a big — and mandatory — overhaul of app privacy and security on the Play Store

Last year, Apple rolled out a new set of what it called Privacy Labels for the App Store. These disclaimers were sort of like privacy-oriented nutrition information attached to each app listing, with developers supplying the details regarding exactly what data their apps collect and precisely how it's used — assuming you trust them to be honest. The moment that news landed last year, expectations swung our collective attention at Google: When would Android and the Play Store get something similar?

The answer is "next year," assuming the tentative schedule Google for the new "safety section" announced today holds up. And based on the details provided, it might beat Apple when it comes to caring about your security instead of just your privacy.

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Twitter is killing Nuzzel and it's ok if you have no idea what that means

Twitter is killing Nuzzel and it's ok if you have no idea what that means

Twitter is working on a subscription service, hoping to get people hooked with incentives such as an Undo Send button. In its latest attempt to spice up this service Twitter acquired Scroll, which lets readers support their favorite publishers (including us) while blocking ads. This development also sunsets a personalized daily news service called Nuzzel, which is owned by Scroll.

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Samsung Internet just left Google Chrome's 'Send tab to your devices' in the dust (APK Download)

Samsung Internet just left Google Chrome's 'Send tab to your devices' in the dust (APK Download)

Samsung Internet is a formidable browser and might be a better choice than Google Chrome if you care about a customizable experience. Its latest beta, v14.2, introduces some notable features and improves existing ones.

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WhatsApp wants to catch up to Telegram with sticker suggestions

WhatsApp wants to catch up to Telegram with sticker suggestions

WhatsApp isn't exactly a driving force of innovation in the messenger market, but the developers are always adding smaller tweaks to improve the experience. The company only recently brought back speed controls for voice messages and implemented improvements to its disappearing messages. As WABetaInfo reports, WhatsApp is now looking to make it much easier to add stickers to chats.

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Twitter is getting a long overdue change (emphasis on the 'long')

Twitter is getting a long overdue change (emphasis on the 'long')

Twitter has been aggressively restricting access to third-party mobile apps, frustrating users by pushing them onto the company's branded version. But at least they've kept working on it, if not as fast as some would like. Case in point: the annoying image crop on the timeline is going away, making it easier to see vertically-oriented images without an extra tap.

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Google Workspace users are finally getting invited to try out the new version of Google Pay

Google Workspace users are finally getting invited to try out the new version of Google Pay

Google seems to be trying to make the new Google Pay do everything for everyone. As usual, its own Workspace users are a little behind the curve, despite literally paying Google to use its software. That situation might be coming to a close: today a few lucky Workspace users are being invited to test out the new system with their work accounts.

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Google is going to replace Google Discover on tablets with a new interface

Google is going to replace Google Discover on tablets with a new interface

We all know that Android tablets aren't exactly the industry benchmark, and Google has mostly stopped creating first-party products for this market. But the company still hasn't given up on tablets. It has just announced an "Entertainment Space" that should make Android tablets vastly better at giving you access to your streaming services, ebooks, and games — right on the leftmost panel of your homescreen.

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